Thursday, February 14 | 8:00pm
JEWISH BOOK FESTIVAL CLOSING NIGHT with
MIKE REISS / Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets and Outright Lies From a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons
HOST: KYLE BERGER
Buy Tickets or by phone 604-257-5111 | $20
“The good is always rare. A truly great comic is rare. Mike Reiss, by definition, is a rarity.” – Conan O’Brien”
Four-time Emmy winner Mike Reiss—who has worked on The Simpsons continuously since episode one in 1989—shares stories, scandals, and gossip about working with America’s most iconic cartoon family ever. Reiss explains how the episodes are created, and provides an inside look at the show’s writers, animators, actors and celebrity guests.
In his freewheeling, irreverent comic style, Reiss reflects on his lifetime inside The Simpsons—a personal highlights reel of his achievements, observations, and favorite stories. Springfield Confidential exposes why Matt Groening decided to make all of the characters yellow; dishes on what it’s like to be crammed in a room full of funny writers sixty hours a week; and tells what Reiss learned after traveling to 71 countries where The Simpsons is watched (ironic note: there’s no electricity in many of these places); and even reveals where Springfield is located!
MIKE REISS has won four Emmys and a Peabody Award during his twenty-eight years writing for The Simpsons. He ran the show in Season 4, which Entertainment Weekly called “the greatest season of the greatest show in history.” In 2006, Reiss received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Animation Writers Caucus. He has written jokes for such comedy legends as Johnny Carson, Joan Rivers, Garry Shandling… and Pope Francis!
KYLE BERGER is the JCC Sports Coordinator, part-time stand-up comic and by far the funniest person in the building.
SPONSORED BY THE LUTSKY FAMILIES